Words from the wise

The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence has released its report entitled "Reinvesting in the Canadian Armed Forces: A Plan for the Future." The report is available on the Committee's web site under 'Associated Links' at the bottom. The news release make a few interesting points: The Committee's "recommendation to cancel a government decision … Continue reading Words from the wise

Tip of the iceberg

It is tempting to overreact to Finance Minister Bill Morneau's latest "fiscal folly:" another case in which, as CBC News puts it, he, actually Canada, "is still staring at a horizon awash in red ink, with no forecasted return to a balanced budget." The Economist says that, thanks to Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper, "Canada has … Continue reading Tip of the iceberg

The Senate (2)

Back in March I said, "kudos to Prime Minister Trudeau for picking some fine Canadians to sit in the senate of Canada … [because] ... they are all distinguished Canadians who have served our country well and who can continue to serve, even in a flawed institution." But I also challenged him to take up the … Continue reading The Senate (2)

Right to die (2)

I expressed my own (some what muddled) views on the "right to die" issue about six weeks ago. The Trudeau regime is intent on rushing a bill (C 14) through parliament ~ in fact the origins of the "elbowgate" fiasco, which saw our prime minister make a fool of himself and insult democracy because he … Continue reading Right to die (2)

Rethinking missile defence

There is a good, informative article in the National Post suggesting that part of remit of the Defence Review will be to reconsider Canadian participation in continental missile defence. It would be a very good move ~ and Prime Minister Trudeau and Defence Minister Sajjan are to be commended to considering it ~ IF the … Continue reading Rethinking missile defence

Some further thoughts on two of Canada’s democratic institutions

A couple of months ago I wrote a bit about democracy. I focused, mostly, on the types of democracy (liberal democracy (quite rare), illiberal democracy (rather more common) and conservative or Confucian democracy (even more rare and found only in Asia). Yesterday I wrote a bit about the Senate, especially about its role as the … Continue reading Some further thoughts on two of Canada’s democratic institutions

The Senate

There is a report, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Trudeau is about to appoint seven new senators: Peter Harder, a retired senior bureaucrat and high-level corporate adviser, to be the Liberal government’s leader in the Senate; Raymonde Gagné, former president of Manitoba’s Université de Saint-Boniface; Frances Lankin, a minister in the former … Continue reading The Senate